If you are a business owner, it is more likely that you have spent most of your time solving many of the business management issues that arise one after another. Sometimes, before you finish fixing something, another thing pops up and will force you to extend more effort in stabilizing the situation. Now let me ask you, have you ever tried preventing these issues from emerging rather than spending all of the time fixing it? If your answer is no then it might be the best time to set up your priorities well to make things much better for you and your business. They say that prevention is better than cure and I say that it is the same thing when managing your business. I will share some of these preventive measures with you and it might help save you from future headaches.Review the mission and vision of your company. Is it able to imply clearly what your company is trying to achieve? Are your employees able to explain it well and understand their roles in achieving it? If you have doubts in your answer then I suggest redefining your mission, vision and objectives to suit your company’s current status and what it is aiming in the future. Explain your mission and vision to your employees and let them interact and share their ideas. Ensure that they have a full understanding on their roles in achieving the company’s goals. Check also if your mission is able to address the needs of your customers and if it does, check if your business operations are able to meet it. Assess also your objectives. If your operations failed to meet it and are generating negative cash flows, rather than the expected profits, then I suggest you do the necessary fix for that.Check the performance metrics of your employees. Don’t talk negative things right away if you are just thinking that the department is performing poorly because you see it like it is. Always study the metrics and find out why and you might realize that they have been performing well in the past and that there are just some issues that needs to be fixed to help it go back to its track. There are also cases where you have praised a department too much without knowing that they haven’t achieved that much. Spend also some time interacting with your employees about the current financial issues and other metrics that you think will help increase their confidence or help them do more than their current output. Assess also the trainings that you have set up for your employees. Check if these trainings are able to increase their skills and if it is able to help your company achieve its goals.These are only a few of the many measures you can take to increase the overall efficiency of your employees and to prevent management issues from showing up. Daily operations consume a lot of our time but it is not a reason to neglect spending some time improving it from the start. Learn from your mistakes and succeed.
Is your personal and professional lives are filled with chaos and clutter? You surely be looking for some good solution to overcome this problem. Don’t you?If you say a yes for foregoing questions, I really wonder if a new concept of virtual assistant services can work for you. Have you ever heard about this? You must definitely know about it as it can do wonders for your business.The long established idea of hiring assistants for handling your administrative, personal, executive and other tasks has gone. Now, virtual assistants have replaced them. These virtual employees have their own office, space, furniture and equipment but work for your company.Thinking why should you hire? Let’s take a look· He is available for you whenever you require· You need not pay employee-related taxes, insurance and other benefits· You can hire him as full-time, part time, casual or permanent· No extra space and office equipments are required· Works as your partner not as employee to generate profits for youToday everybody is trying to make an effective presence on the web and you cannot imagine an online business move forward without the help of virtual employees. Online business requires handling every task matching the current market trends.Virtual assistants can handle a large array of business activities which sap your time and energy. The saved time can be put into some other revenue generating tasks of your business.A virtual employee plays different roles while working for you like-· He works as an independent contractor providing administrative services like business presentations, client meetings, etc.· He works as your personal secretary attending calls, fixing meetings, arranging for dinner reservations etc.· Your sales and marketing executive by handling branding and promotional activities of products and services.The list of the tasks done by a virtual assistant is never ending. Saving you time and money, virtual professionals has evolved out as a perfect business management solution. Owing this, a large number of organizations are looking for virtual employees for outsourcing their tasks. This has led to the mushrooming of virtual assistant services widely.These companies are taking up the work from offshore and handing them to their employees which work as virtual professionals. All the assignments and projects are assigned through phone, emails, fax or any other internet communication source. You can also ask them for a few hours of free trial service to satisfy yourself. In case, you want better, you can ask for the change also.Why do it yourself when there are cost effective solutions to work for you? Hand over your task to them and feel satisfied. Give some time to your family and friends also after all social life is also important.
Why is it the minute people find out you are pregnant, they assume you won’t be traveling anywhere anytime soon? I find that annoying and make it my personal challenge to get out and see the world with my kids. Traveling with an infant can be a challenge though and if you do a search online, there are dozens of articles out there explaining how to travel with an infant, many provide long lists of all those essentials and must haves to bring along. I fell for a lot of that when I had my first child, but now that I am expecting baby #4, I realize that those necessities really aren’t that necessary. True, if you want all the comforts of home then by every means, bring it all. But I enjoy traveling light, even when traveling with the whole family including our infant. And here is how I do it.Hotel Necessities: Think comfort and safety when traveling with an infant. If you are staying over night at a hotel, ask ahead of time if they rent or loan a crib. Then you can save yourself the hassle of having to pack a travel bassinet. If you don’t want to take a chance and feel more comfortable bringing along that bassinet for your new baby, then there are a few on the market that fold down to a compact size that fits in your suit case like the Pea Pod by Kidco. There are also portable bed bolsters that inflate and attach to the hotel bed if you prefer to have your infant in the same bed with you. I have used them and not only did it work well while traveling, I continue to use my inflatable bed bolsters at home to keep my active sleepers from toppling onto the floor.Diaper Bag: Lets face it, your diaper bag is simply a necessity, but it doesn’t have to be an oversized hassle. I’ve tried out many different diaper bags ranging from big to small, sturdy to flimsy, and none of them met my needs for carrying everything I need in an organized, comfortable manner. That is until I discovered that a diaper bag could be a back pack. My all time favorite diaper bag is a diaper bag backpack made by Baby Sherpa. I use it as my carry-on luggage on flights, as well as my daily diaper bag that also has an insulated compartment for food, snacks, and liquids. As an avid backpacker, I love the feel of a well built backpack on my back.Flying with an Infant: I love to avoid carrying a lot including a car seat. Many airlines allow parents to use an infant airplane harness like the Baby B’Air so your infant sits on your lap and is tethered to the same seat belt as the parent. This allows you to avoid lugging around a car seat and checking in a stroller while you fly. That’s a lot of gear I would rather leave at home. There are also nifty travel seat attachments that attach to rolling luggage so kids can sit on them like the Ride-on Carry-on. These work great for toddlers.Extra Clothes: Yes, you simply will have to bring extra clothes for your infant. They are cute, but they are messy. Good thing those little outfits don’t take up a whole lot of space in the suitcase. An extra pair of clothes for Mom might not be a bad idea either, unless you have stain free-wrinkle free out fits.Transporting Baby: Is a stroller really necessary? Well that would depend on the size of your infant, your comfort level, and the structural integrity of your back. When I travel with an infant, I prefer a sling or baby carrier like the Baby Bjorn. I don’t like to be weighed down by all the baby stuff like bulky strollers and prefer traveling like the Native American Indians did with their infants in the papoose for long distances and Moms hands free.Toys, Games, and Extras: Should you bring toys, games and items to entertain your infant? Chances are, your little one will be just fine interacting with you and does not need all the extra stimulation that many infant toys provide while you travel. I have had the experience of traveling on a long road trip with a teething baby. Out of desperation, I handed her my lavender soothing eye satchel. She held it to her face, and instantly stopped crying. Not sure what that was all about, but I would recommend carrying some aromatherapy items along just in case.Traveling with kids is a little more complex, though and unless you are a stand up comedian with endless energy, then it is advisable to bring along a little something to entertain or educate them with. We always rely on audio books and self contained coloring kits, a few toys, and a lot of snacks on our long road trips. I am not one for car clutter so we use a car travel tray that folds up compact when not in use, and allows the kids to keep there travel activities, snacks and such organized in one spot on their tray while we travel.Strive to travel light with your infant. Don’t let the fear of being without something cause you to bring everything. Write down the items you feel comfortable bringing, then try to downsize as much as possible. Whether that means switching from a large travel bassinet to a small, compact one, or losing the stroller and car seat all together. You will need to do some footwork to be sure you have a car seat available upon arrival or with your rental car company, but it’s really not that difficult and only takes a phone call and reservation. Call your hotel to secure a crib, and attach your baby to your body with a baby carrier/sling to avoid a stroller. Then you can be proud of yourself in knowing that you are truly traveling light with your infant. The world is a fascinating place to see, so get out their and see it without all the extra baggage!Happy Travels!